Employee volunteering _ CSR

Private sector with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities help businesses to improve their reputation and enhance their influence with customers, suppliers and networks.

All stakeholders of a company are positively impacted by CSR practices. For an Employer, being actively involved in CSR can make a significant difference for clients, investors and shareholders, and of course, it supports being an employer of choice.

This can directly help Employers to attract, retain and engage employees, and to be an employer of choice.

We offer paid for employee volunteering and knowledge sharing sessions to the CSR sector.

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Volunteering within a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy can bring benefits to employees, companies and partner organisations. It demonstrates that a company is engaged in providing return to society beyond traditional charitable or philanthropic investments. Employee volunteering programs not only benefit the community, but they also add value to the recruitment, retention, training, development, loyalty and overall fulfilment of a company’s employee.

CSR activities are best practices not only for their valuable social impact, but also because of the fulfilment it can bring to employees who take part in rewarding activities outside of their day jobs. It can be eye-opening to have direct contact with the (diverse) community the company serves, and such activities are also likely to have a positive impact on a company’s consumer and employer brand.

 

The link between employee engagement and volunteering is strong. Corporate volunteering programs increase engagement levels at work by creating experiences that can address the individual’s need for meaning, accomplishment, personal fulfilment and humanity. Demonstration of employers’ support for their employee’s interests outside of the workplace environment can enhance employee engagement. Also, by providing the opportunity to employees to ingrate the various parts of their lives into a holistic expression of their individual values leads to engagement. It could be said that the very nature of volunteering contributes to engagement.

Employee development often takes place through some type of formalized training that is focused on developing of “hard” as well as “soft” skills. Yet, employee volunteering programs enable employees to acquire “soft” as well as relevant work-related skills. Namely, through the process of volunteering, they gain experience and understandings that make them more effective in their roles with the company. Usually, employees acquire soft skills such as communication, management and leadership. Moreover, volunteering is a great way for employees to work together outside of the office and build relationships and ultimately become better at working in teams.

The HR&S offerS

Volunteering opportunities

HR&S offers CSR volunteering opportunities.
We offer a package with three stages.

1. The knowledge sharing Event

We offer to arrange awareness raising events concerning different aspects in Sub-Sahara African countries (SSA) and share about certain programmes that HR&S has implemented. We welcome the CSR company volunteers to share from their professional experiences during the event, with the aim of having a positive impact on the HR&S  programmes in SSA. Representatives from our local branches in SSA will attend if the event is on zoom. We aim for a mutually interesting knowledge sharing session.

2. The deepening of understanding series of events

We welcome companies to “adopt” one or more of the HR&S programmes and we offer to tailor-make opportunities that are in line with CSR company’s own area of business. We then offer to arrange regular volunteering events targeting the “adopted” programme, when we inform about achievements, challenges and lesson learned within the programme and invite the participants to give further advice related to their own professional expertise.  The events can for example take place annually or bi-annually and through the reoccurring events the participants will deepen their knowledge and understanding.

3. The Business empowerment Relation

HR&S offers opportunities for direct involvement by the CSR company seeking win-win business benefits. The CSR company is welcome to connect with one or more HR&S programmes with the aim of creating a direct positive impact on the CSR business. This can for example include financial support to targeted activities and visits to the programme site in Africa. Third parties that have established the link from the beginning, if any, may want to act as a coordinator of communication activities.

Location

The events can take place at the CSR company’s own office, if it is located in Stockholm or nearby, at
the HR&S office in the Stockholm city centre (Jakobsbergsgatan 22) or
via zoom.

Duration

The events can last for an hour up to one day.

Topics

HR&S targets four topics

  • Scientific Research (REACH)
  • Advanced Laboratories (FAST)
  • Social Enterprising (SCALE)
  • Sustainable development stakeholders (22RISE)

REACH

  • Provide professional advice concerning scientific research especially, if possible, considering the challenges related to scientific institutions with fragile scientific infrastructure.
  • Empower the HR&S network of scientific researchers from Sub-Sahara African countries by providing professional advice on networking or by offering training.
  • Financially support the coaching of the HR&S Research Management strategy at scientific institutions in SSA in order to empower their scientific capacity strengthening strategies.
  • CSR business empowerment
    • Empower research activities within AAS that can have a direct positive impact on the success of the CSR business.

FAST

  • Provide professional advice concerning advanced scientific laboratories especially, if possible, considering the challenges related to laboratories with fragile infrastructure.
  • Empower the HR&S network of technicians and scientific researchers doing laboratory work from Sub-Sahara African countries, by providing professional advice on networking or by offering training.
  • Financially support the coaching of the HR&S Laboratory Management strategy at advanced laboratories in SSA in order to empower their laboratory capacity strengthening strategies.
  • CSR business empowerment
    • Empower laboratories and laboratory activities within AAS that can have a direct positive impact on the success of the CSR business.
    • HR&S may be able to identify potential new customers to suppliers of advanced scientific equipment.
    • HR&S offers to facilitate the collaboration between a supplier and the buyer institution in a Sub-Sahara African country, through coaching the buying institution using the HR&S laboratory management strategy.

SCALE

  • Provide professional advice concerning the scaling of a business especially, if possible, considering the challenges related to countries with fragile infrastructure.
  • Empower the HR&S network of social entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries, by providing professional advice on networking or by offering business training.
  • Financially support the HR&S Support centres for social entrepreneurs, which are located in Sub-Sahara African countries.
  • CSR business empowerment
    • Empower business activities within AAS that can have a direct positive impact on the success of the CSR company.
    • HR&S may be able to identify potential new customers to the CSR company in AAS, if relevant.
    • HR&S offers to facilitate the collaboration between the CSR company and customer institutions in Sub-Sahara African countries, through coaching the customer institution using the HR&S evaluation planning strategy.
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22RISE

  • Provide professional advice concerning sustainable development in countries with fragile infrastructure.
  • Provide professional advice concerning effective and efficient collaboration between sustainable development institutions globally.
  • Provide professional advice concerning the coordination of the activities by sustainable development institutions globally.
  • Empower the HR&S network of sustainable developers in Sub-Sahara African countries, by providing professional advice on networking or by offering business training.
  • Financially support the HR&S Support centres for sustainable development, which are located in Sub-Sahara African countries.
  • CSR business empowerment
    • Empower sustainable development activities within AAS that can have a direct positive impact on the success of the CSR company.
    • HR&S may be able to identify new useful parters within the sustainable development institution network.
    • HR&S offers to facilitate the collaboration between the CSR company and sustainable development institutions in Sub-Sahara African countries including the NGO’s, through coaching the institution using the HR&S sustainable development evaluation planning strategy.

African flavours
Cross-cultural awareness raising

HR&S is pleased to also add cross-cultural awareness raising activities to in real life events. These activities can include:

  • In-depth presentations of selected partners and programmes, with photos and videos.
  • Joint development of messages to partners.
    Such messages can include professional advice or be of a social nature with presentation of the life in Sweden, people and places and include photos and videos.
  • Buying of handicraft that HR&S partner artists have created and a presentation of the partners themselves.
  • Preparation of African food.
  • Playing African games.
  • Invitation of African musicians.

Sustainable development
The HR&S Unique method calling for a shift of paradigm

HR&S is pleased to also offer in-depth presentations about the method that we use in our sustainable development programmes. We will present how we reach the scientific institutions, the local entrepreneurs and the under-served communities. We operated through local branches in Sub-Sahara African countries and together with a volunteer driven driven organisation. We have already had positive impact on 10,000 peoples lives, a we are scaling.

We:

  • Ensure user and needs driven programmes.
  • Target equal partnership.
  • Avoid donor dependency.
  • Ensure real-time outcome planing and evaluation.
  • Aim for evidence based impact assessment.
  • Learn lessons and take informed decisions.

Visits

We offer travels to our programme sites in Africa for the sake of cross-cultural knowledge sharing.

CSR programmes that we are engaged with

partnerS’ web sites

HR&S is visible at partnership websites

Visit.org

Webinar

Visit.org offers to link HR&S with CSR companies for 1-2 hour on-line sessions.

We offer three types of opportunities and target REACH, FAST and SCALE.

The staff of the CSR company meets with representatives from HR&S for a knowledge sharing session. The session starts with a brief presentation by HR&S with examples from how HR&S collaborates with our partners in Sub-Sahara African countries (SSA). During the knowledge sharing session that follows, the HR&S Country Branches and HR&S HQ in Sweden share from their experiences and welcome the CSR company to contribute with their experiences. Besides topics arising from specific situations, knowledge will be shared around efficient communication, how to ensure a positive team spirit, stakeholder empowerment and motivation as well as transparency and accountability including trust, accounting, auditing. We also share experiences from cross-cultural awareness raising, and as key to the success of the event itself is cross-cultural mutual understanding between the participants this be an aim of the event.

Help entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries overcome their challenges with growing their businesses

https://visit.org/experience/help-entrepreneurs-overcome-challenges-in-growing-their-business_20c0

What you’ll do (message to the CSR company)

This experience will focus on supporting social entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries (SSA).

HR&S will start the event by presenting its social enterprising empowerment programmes that they offer in SSA. After the presentation, you and your team will participate in a knowledge-sharing session with HR&S’ experts from Sub-Sahara African countries and from its headquarters in Sweden, to brainstorm possible solutions to challenges faced by the social entrepreneurs.

The HR&S moderator will guide you through the knowledge sharing session and give examples of the hurdles facing social entrepreneurs in SSA. The moderator will invite you to share from your professional experiences, maybe from managing; business plans, customer services, product development, branding, social media, efficient communication, a positive team spirit, employee empowerment and motivation, or other aspects of growing a business that is the expertise of your company.

Agenda (90 min):

  • Introduction by Visit.org (5 min)
  • Welcome and participant presentations (10 min)
  • Presentation of HR&S Sweden and Africa (20 min)
  • Knowledge sharing session (40 min)
  • Conclusion and proposed follow-ups (10 min)
  • Wrap up by Visit.Org (5 min)

What else you should know (message to the CSR company)

  • This experience will be conducted over Zoom.
  • The language will be English.
  • Human Rights & Science (HR&S) is a social enterprise addressing scientific research, advanced laboratories, social enterprising and sustainable development. The HR&S’ vision is a world without extreme poverty and equal partnership collaboration for sustainable development. HR&S operates through its headquarters in Sweden and country its branches in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
    Please visit www.22rise.com.

How you’ll make an impact (message to the CSR company)

No poverty; Zero hunger; Economic growth; Strong institutions; and Partnerships for development.
 
By sharing from your professional expertise, you will give valuable advise to social entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan African countries that can help them grow their business. Your advice can also support HR&S with improving their local support programmes. Moreover, as local social enterprises may be the most suitable institutions to reach under-served communities and provide products and services requested for, your advice may have a direct impact on poverty reduction.
 
In addition, your involvement will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal No 17, Partnership for Sustainable Development, through the cross-cultural awareness raising it embraces.

Help Scientific researchers in Sub-Sahara African countries overcome their challenges with generating, disseminating and implementing scientific findings

https://visit.org/experience/xxx

What you’ll do (message to the CSR company)

This experience will focus on supporting scientific institutions and researchers in Sub-Sahara African countries (SSA).

HR&S will start the event by presenting its scientific capacity strengthening programmes that they offer in SSA. After the presentation, you and your team will participate in a knowledge-sharing session with HR&S’ experts from Sub-Sahara African countries and from its headquarters in Sweden, to brainstorm possible solutions to challenges faced by the scientific institutions and its researchers.

The HR&S moderator will guide you through the knowledge sharing session and give examples of the hurdles facing scientific institutions and researchers in SSA. The moderator will invite you to share from your  experiences, maybe from; seeking research grants, preparing manuscripts for publication,  scientific presentations at conferences, networking, field and laboratory work, reaching the civil society and policy makers, implementing scientific finding, or other aspects of scientific capacity strengthening that you have experience from.

Agenda (90 min):

  • Introduction by Visit.org (5 min)
  • Welcome and participant presentations (10 min)
  • Presentation of HR&S Sweden and Africa (20 min)
  • Knowledge sharing session (40 min)
  • Conclusion and proposed follow-ups (10 min)
  • Wrap up by Visit.Org (5 min)

What else you should know (message to the CSR company)

  • This experience will be conducted over Zoom.
  • The language will be English.
  • Human Rights & Science (HR&S) is a social enterprise addressing scientific research, advanced laboratories, social enterprising and sustainable development. The HR&S’ vision is a world without extreme poverty and equal partnership collaboration for sustainable development. HR&S operates through its headquarters in Sweden and country its branches in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
    Please visit www.22rise.com.

How you’ll make an impact (message to the CSR company)

No poverty; Zero hunger; Quality education, Economic growth; Strong institutions; and Partnerships for development.
 
By sharing from your professional expertise, you will give valuable advise to scientific institutions and its researchers in Sub-Saharan African countries that can help institutions strengthening the scientific infrastructure and researcher to excel in their research projects. Your advice can also support HR&S with improving their local scientific capacity strengthening programmes. Moreover, as scientific researcher in Sub-Sahara African countries often aim to help under-served communities, your advice may have a direct impact on poverty reduction.
 
In addition, your involvement will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal No 17, Partnership for Sustainable Development, through the cross-cultural awareness raising it embraces.

Help laboratories in Sub-Sahara African countries overcome their challenges with providing access to functioning advanced equipment and accreditation.

https://visit.org/experience/xxx

What you’ll do (message to the CSR company)

This experience will focus on supporting advanced laboratories and its technical staff in Sub-Sahara African countries (SSA) .

HR&S will start the event by presenting the laboratory management strengthening programmes that they offer in SSA. After the presentation, you and your team will participate in a knowledge-sharing session with HR&S’ experts from Sub-Sahara African countries and from its headquarters in Sweden, to brainstorm possible solutions to challenges faced by the advanced laboratories and its technical staff.

The HR&S moderator will guide you through the knowledge sharing session and give examples of the hurdles facing advanced laboratories in SSA. The moderator will invite you to share from your  professional experiences, maybe from; selecting, procuring, use, serve, and maintain advanced scientific equipment, accreditation procedures, or other aspects of laboratory management that you have experience from.

Agenda (90 min):

  • Introduction by Visit.org (5 min)
  • Welcome and participant presentations (10 min)
  • Presentation of HR&S Sweden and Africa (20 min)
  • Knowledge sharing session (40 min)
  • Conclusion and proposed follow-ups (10 min)
  • Wrap up by Visit.Org (5 min)

What else you should know (message to the CSR company)

  • This experience will be conducted over Zoom.
  • The language will be English.
  • Human Rights & Science (HR&S) is a social enterprise addressing scientific research, advanced laboratories, social enterprising and sustainable development. The HR&S’ vision is a world without extreme poverty and equal partnership collaboration for sustainable development. HR&S operates through its headquarters in Sweden and its country branches in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
    Please visit www.22rise.com.
 

How you’ll make an impact (message to the CSR company)

No poverty; Zero hunger; Quality education, Economic growth; Strong institutions; and Partnerships for sustainable development.
 
By sharing from your professional expertise, you will give valuable advise to advanced laboratory managements and its technical staff in Sub-Saharan African countries that can help the laboratories to strengthen their laboratory management and accreditation procedures. Your advice can also support HR&S with improving their local laboratory management strengthening programmes. Moreover, as advanced laboratories in Sub-Sahara African countries often addresses crucial challenges for the entire society, your advice may have a direct impact on the well-being of its citizens.
 
In addition, your involvement will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal No 17, Partnership for Sustainable Development, through the cross-cultural awareness raising it embraces.

Benevity

  • Become eligible for workplace giving, volunteering and granting programs
  • Retrieve donor information and donation reports
  • Create a profile with your mission and logo
  • Broadcast volunteer and fundraising opportunities

Giving, volunteering, company grant selection, microactions

  • RISE Centre support
  • Country support
  • Programme support
  • Stakeholder support
  • CSR business empowerment
  • Cross-cultural awareness raising
  • Skills volunteering (as visit.org)